Jahvid Best not giving up hope that he will make a return to football

Posted Mar 18, 2013

Despite being out of football since suffering a concussion in October of 2011, Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best says he is still hoping for a return to the game

Jahvid BestDetroit Lions running back Jahvid Best isn't giving up hope of one day returning to the football field.

Best hasn't played in a game since Week 6 of the 2011 season after suffering what was his second concussion of that season in a loss to 49ers.

Best is in Baltimore for tonight's Ed Block Courage Awards Foundation banquet as the Lions representative.

"It's tough. I don't know what the future is going to hold for me," Best told the Baltimore Sun. "It's been about a year and a half now, but I'm still working out like I'm playing next week. ... I am never giving up hope. I'm staying ready so if the opportunity does present itself, I'll be ready."

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said one of his biggest regrets from a disappointing 4-12 season in 2012 was not having a backup plan in place for Best when he never got his clearance to return to contact.

Not wanting to make the same mistake twice, Mayhew went out and signed veteran Reggie Bush to a four-year, $16 million deal last week to fill a similar role Best played for the Lions as a first-round pick in 2010.

Back in November, when Best was named the recipient of the Lions' Ed Block Courage Award, he told that he wasn't giving up hope of a return to football.

"It's disappointing, but I'm a glass-half-full kind of guy," he said. "To me it's just a minor setback and I'm still working and still staying ready because when I do get my chance I'm going to be ready.

"They said I couldn't play (the 2012) season, but they didn't close the door (on 2013). It doesn't matter how long it takes me, as long as my body is fresh, then I'm going to stay ready to play. If they give me a chance, and they say it's safe for me to play, then I'll be out there."

"I'm doing everything I can to get back."